tearing through crops and threatening to cause severe food shortages. united nations representatives say they need $41 million to fight the plague, considered the worst since the 1950s. vast swarms of the insects began sweeping through the island nation last month. u.n. food and agriculture organization officials say locusts have infested more than half of the country. they warn about 60% of madagascar's population could be threatened by hunger, and they estimate about two thirds of the country's land will be affected by september if no action is taken. u.n. officials say they need $22 million by june to fight the plague with large-scale aerial spraying campaign, and they want an additional $19 million to implement a three-year anti-locust campaign. up next, the world weather forecast.